While salt and sand can help manage ice in front of your own home, there's no telling what slippery surfaces you'll encounter as you venture out.
Experts at Sanford Health in Fargo say they've already seen several ice-related injuries.
"Especially in the winter when it's cold like this, people falling on the ice equals for us ankle fractures and in the elderly, hip fractures, a lot of sprains, that kind of stuff," says Sanford Health Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Physician Assistant Kami Johnson.
She says just a bit of prevention can help you from slipping on the ice and landing on an operating table. Staff at Scheels Home and Hardware recommended traction devices for your shoes.
"They're easy to put on, they're not terribly expensive, they're compact," says Monte Koffler, a manager there.
That being said, Valley News Live decided to put them to the test. Reporter Mellaney Moore bought all three products available at various price points, found a slippery surface, and tried them on for size:
"The first is the least expensive, a $10 pair of no-slip ice cleats: straps with four cleats on the bottom. I noticed traction right away, but felt a bit like I was walking on the balls of my feet...and another thing, I had trouble keeping them on.
Next I tried on a $20 pair of Yaktrax "Walk". They fit snuggly onto my boots and the coils on the bottom gripped the ground. I felt much more confident.
The third test was an upgrade to a $28 pair of Yaktrax "Pro," with the main difference being a strap to secure them on my feet.
In the end, I don't think you can go wrong with any of these products. They have various price points and will all help you gain traction on the ice.
For my use, I preferred the Yaktrax "Walk." they're $20, easy to put on, and helped me gain traction.
Based on your budget, personal preference and the work you're looking to do, you'll have to look into what works the best for you."